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Mar 13, 2014 - The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road was carved out along the rugged rocky coastline from 1918 to 1932. It was hand built by some 3,000 returned First World War soldiers and sailors in honor of their fallen comrades. It is the world's biggest war memorial symbolizing the sacrifices made by so many during the war. The rugged ocean view was breath taking. You could feel the power of the ocean as the waves crashed into the coastline. The road wound up, down and around the steep cliffs. We travelled from Torquay along the Surf Coast east of  Cape Otway, then...

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Nov 14, 2013 - Viewing the SA (South Australia) countryside from a rental car

With the help of a car rental map, a hotel clerk and Marilyn's navigation we worked our way out of Adelaide rush hour traffic and into the rural countryside southeast of the city by 9:30. Once there we had only a mis-behaving GPS with which to navigate. The town we decided to stop in for directions had a Europcar office (our rental company) and we soon had a real paper map with everything we needed, at least for today. Upon leaving South Australia, whose time is 30 minutes behind Victoria, we had to try to remember and to change our clocks...

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Oct 18, 2013 - How do you get the golf clubs on the roof?

We had a great time with some of the grand kids staying overnight and Grandad gave them a riddle. How do you get the golf clubs on the roof? Do you push them up or pull them up or what? After they had a good few minutes trying to work it out Grandad got the winch on the roof out and hauled them up.

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May 23, 2012 - Warrnambool

What a miserable day. Cold. The temp got up to 12 degrees at 2.00pm. It is now back to 10 degrees (4.30pm) and dropping. And rain to go with it. I packed up in the rain this morning and unpacked in the rain this afternoon. If this is winter - I've had enough already. I thought I'd seen pine plantations before Mt Gambier, but I tell you, you aint seen nothin yet. Cross the border into Vic and they measure them by the square kilometre. (or square 100 kilometres) As far as the eye can see, it's just pine trees. There's a mountain of wood chips...

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Sep 29, 2011 - Aus - Day 147 & 148 - lazy days

We made our way through the towns of Port Fairy and Warrnambool, where we stocked up on food items and fuel. These have been rainy, gloomy days, and other than having been in contact with Lindsey and Holly via facebook messenger, when going online to wish Dalton a happy birthday, we've done very little... as it's been rainy, we've decided to take some time for some needed R&R. On the 29th, we really did mostly nothing except workout for an hour, the rest of the day was spent watching movies and reading. Definitely worth mentioning is an...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Warrnambool, Victoria

Although we chose to stay in Warrnambool for its location on our long journey from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road, we enjoyed the idea of staying in a town with such an authentic sounding Australian name. And we are glad we did. This coastal town is best known for the southern right whales that can often be spotted off Logan’s Beach between May and October. Although we were there in the middle of September, they had already come and gone. We were treated, however, with the unexpected pleasure of staying in an historic hotel...

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Aug 24, 2011 - Portland to Warrnambool

Monday - On our way to Warrnambool, we stopped over at Port Fairy. Port Fairy is full of nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines, old stone churches, boarding houses and inns that line wide streets. We arrived in Warrnambool reasonably early, as the distance from Portland is not far. This place brings back memories for Jim as he spent many Christmases holidaying here with his family at the Surfside Holiday Park where we are currently located. The park is situated right on the beach and would have to be the second biggest caravan...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Warrnambool

Got up very early and drove out to Lake Elizabeth to look for the elusive duck-billed platypus. No luck, but enjoyed our hike through the forest where we saw lots of birds and could hear koalas calling (we saw more on our drive out). Also saw our first (live) kangaroo by the roadside. Back on the Great Ocean Road, we stopped to see several beautiful viewpoints, including the rock formations called the 12 Apostles. Very pretty coastline. After finding a hotel, we went for a swim at the public pool. It was our first time swimming in an...

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Jul 16, 2009 - Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool

This morning we woke to another beautiful sunny but cold day. We left Mount Gambier, and drove along the Princes Hwy heading for the Victorian border and Portland. The town of Nelson is situated just at the border, so we stopped for a photo of the 'Welcome to Victoria' sign. We also now needed to turn our watches and clocks forward by half an hour - we are back on 'Eastern Standard Time', so no longer phoning at funny times. We had an early lunch at Portland, then visited their visitor centre to gather some information about our travels...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Moving on to Southern Australia

Sunday February 8 In Halls Gap, there are kangaroos everywhere; over the past few days they have become a common fixture in the landscape. Before we left Halls Gap, we headed to the Park Information Centre to enquire about fires in the area. We were told that the road we were planning to take was now clear though there were fires in that area on Saturday. Yesterday was the hottest day on record in many areas of Victoria. It was an extremely bad day for bush (forest) fires across the state, many of which were still burning. As we left the...

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Feb 5, 2009 - On the road to ...

Thursday February 5 This morning we left Warrnambool after three very hospitable days with Kevin and Anne. We started heading west along the coast road towards Portland and Mount Gambier, but soon decided to head up to the Grampians National Park. This was Heather’s suggestion as she has a definite preference for hills and mountains. We stopped briefly in Heywood and continued on to Hall’s Gap, the tourist centre of the National Park. The Grampians (known as the Gariwerd to Aboriginal peoples) are a series of very scenic rugged mountains...

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Feb 4, 2009 - Warrnambool -

Wednesday February 4 We were invited and accepted to stay another day with Kevin and Anne. It was a relaxing start and nice taking our time doing the diary and reading the newspaper. Kevin worked at home in the morning and after lunch Gary and Kevin drove off to play a round of golf at the Port Fairy Golf Club, a links type course where Kevin is a member. Heather spent the afternoon looking around downtown Warrnambool, and especially enjoyed the Art Gallery temporary exhibit on “Victorians on Vacation” and learned a few things including a...

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